Fox Promotes Freer to President, COO of Networks Group

Fox has promoted Randy Freer to president and COO of Fox Networks Group, it was announced Monday.

Freer, who had been copresident & COO of Fox Sports Media Group with Eric Shanks, will now oversee revenue, distribution and operations in addition to his current role with sports rights acquisitions. Shanks will assume the sole presidency of Fox Sports Media Group.

In connection with the appointment, the following executives will now report to Freer: newly elevated Michael Biard, president, distribution, Fox Networks; Toby Byrne, president, national ad sales, Fox Broadcasting Co., FSMG; Lou LaTorre, president, advertising sales, Fox Cable Entertainment Networks, Fox Hispanic Media Group; and Kyle Sherman, executive vice president, Home Team Sports.

FNG finance and business development, corporate communications, legal and human resources functions will report jointly to chairmanand CEO Peter Rice and Freer, who reports to Rice.

Shanks reports to Rice, as do John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions; Hernan Lopez, president and CEO, Fox International Channels; David Lyle, CEO, National Geographic Channels US and Global Programming; and Kevin Reilly, chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co.

"Randy is an outstanding executive and having played a key role in growing our powerhouse television sports business, he brings impressive skills as both an operator and builder of businesses," said Rice in announcing the regorganization. "He will be a key partner for me in overseeing and driving continued growth of our global channels business which spans nearly 400 channels in 200 countries."